Wright State University graduation ceremony | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian
The Wright State University (WSU) spring Class of 2020 will celebrate with a virtual commencement ceremony on Oct. 24 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
When the coronavirus pandemic caused WSU to close campus and postpone the spring 2020 commencement ceremony, President Sue Edwards, hopeful that campus would return to normal by the fall 2020 semester, promised the spring Class of 2020 that an in-person ceremony would take place at a later date.
On Sept. 14, however, President Edwards released a statement announcing that the spring 2020 commencement ceremony will have to take place virtually due to the fact that Ohio still has a ban on large gatherings.
“I know this news is not what you wanted to hear, and I apologize to each of you and your families. The overwhelming majority of graduating students told us in the spring you did not want a virtual graduation ceremony,” said President Edwards. “A committee of students, faculty, and staff worked for months on contingency plans for some form of face-to-face celebration. But as we entered the Fall Semester, I decided it was more important to hold a virtual event before the end of the year to celebrate our graduates and your hard work.”
According to President Edwards’ statement, the virtual commencement ceremony will honor the “Dayton Campus Spring 2020 graduates and Lake Campus Summer 2019 through Spring 2020 graduates.”
All graduates are encouraged to send a picture of themselves for the virtual presentation or WSU’s website to [email protected] by Sept. 27
More information regarding the virtual ceremony will be released closer to Oct. 24.